Queenie van de Zandt in BLUE: The Songs Of Joni Mitchell



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Queenie van de Zandt in BLUE: The Songs Of Joni Mitchell

Writers: Queenie van de Zandt & Max Lambert

Musical Director: Max Lambert

After rave reviews and sell-out shows at the Queensland Cabaret Festival, the Melbourne Cabaret Festival and Sydney's Hayes Theatre, cabaret chanteuse Queenie van de Zandt will be touring her new show around Australia and the USA in 2018.

In BLUE, Queenie, renowned for her artful storytelling and raw, emotive vocals, explores the songs, stories and art of the musical legend that is Joni Mitchell.

Renaissance woman, painter and poet, Mitchell created a soundtrack for the Woodstock generation.

"Joni is my favourite singer/songwriter and I've been wanting to do a show about her and her music for some time," said Queenie. "She gave a daughter up for adoption early in her career and her music was so influenced by this experience. Having given birth to a daughter myself in 2017, it felt like a perfect time to explore this mother and daughter relationship and the effect that becoming a parent has on your creativity."

In BLUE: The Songs of Joni Mitchell, Queenie, along with award-winning musical director Max Lambert and a live band, explores her love of all things Joni – affectionately reinterpreting Joni Mitchell's melancholy music, and intimately revealing the stories behind some of her most haunting songs such as A Case of You, Both Sides Now and Little Green.


BLUE: The Songs of Joni Mitchell



Best Cabaret Performance & Best Cabaret
Winner - 2018 Broadway World - Sydney Awards

Lee Young Glug Award for the Most Outstanding Cabaret Performance
Winner - 2018 Glug Awards - Sydney

Best Cabaret Production
Nominee - 2018 Sydney Theatre Awards

Best Cabaret Performer 

Nominee - 2018 Helpmann Awards 


Van de Zandt and Lambert have crafted a gently melancholic, poetic show that can speak to anyone regardless of whether you know the material, but fans of Mitchell's music will find it particularly appealing.★★★★
- Jo Litson, Limelight

There are plenty of tribute cabarets, but Blue is set apart by the great skill with which van de Zandt and her co-writer and musical director Max Lambert have interwoven some of Mitchell's best-known music with stories from significant chapters of the singer's life. Van de Zandt narrates Mitchell's story as if she lived it herself, while voiceovers of significant "characters" from Mitchell's life offer slightly different perspectives on events as they unfold. ★★★★
- Ben Neutze, Daily Review

"...the exceptional, vocal powerhouse that is Queenie van de Zandt...uses her thrilling voice and soaring range to explore the music of Joni Mitchell..."

Kate Herbert, Herald Sun

"Queenie van de Zandt...summoned her muse to perfection, with awe-inspiring soul and emotion, in song."
Cameron Woodhead, Sydney Morning Herald

"a stunning evocative show...a highlight of the Queensland Cabaret Festival"

"The audience was enraptured and shouting for more... This is a wonderful celebration of Joni Mitchell and the emotional connections we form with music that is borne out of emotion. It deserves to be a huge success. ★★★★☆"

"...perfect for ardent fans of Joni and for the novice"
The Creative Issue

"Queenie van de Zandt performed as exquisite a biography as you're likely to hear. Near aural perfection... It's a well-written show... Queenie distilled Joni Mitchell's life, liaisons, and art, into a tincture of love and grace...extraordinary and emotional... Queenie does a magnificent job"
Australian Arts Review

"★★★★☆ A beguiling night of melancholic songs, poetic storytelling and haunting vocals...perfect intimate setting...incredible empathy and emotion...all beautifully sung with a lovely subtle restraint. Best of all are deeply felt, exquisitely performed renditions of Case of You and Both Sides Now....Lambert provides wonderfully sensitive accompaniment on the piano... In another stand­out moment van de Zandt sings For Free acapella. Van de Zandt and Lambert have crafted a gently melancholic, poetic show that can speak to anyone regardless of whether you know the material, but fans of Mitchell's music will find it particularly appealing."
Jo Litson, Limelight Magazine

Original Cast

Queenie van de Zandt

Max Lambert - Musical Director

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